Taylor Rose Williams case: Missing Florida girl's remains found in wooded area, mother tries to kill herself after becoming prime suspect
Briana Williams, a US Navy Petty Officer, has been named person of interest in the case and charged with giving false information to investigators.
JACKSONVILLE, ALABAMA: The mother of missing 5-year-old Taylor Rose Williams has been arrested and charged with child neglect. She was also charged with giving false information to investigators, Sheriff Mike Williams said on November 12.
The announcement that the mother, Brianna Williams, was arrested came a few hours after the authorities said that human remains had been found in a heavily wooded area in Alabama. The identification of the remains is pending, according to authorities.
Brianna Williams was charged at a Florida hospital where she was being treated for an apparent overdose after attempting to take her own life. According to First Coast News, the sources revealed that the police had been on their way to arrest Brianna, 27, when she decided to try and take her own life.
According to Sheriff Mike Williams, she was in serious condition. As reported by CNN, Williams told reporters, "The suspect has been absentee booked at a local hospital after being admitted today due to an apparent overdose of some sort."
Williams had also added that it was unclear as to why Brianna had attempted suicide. "Only she knows that. I know there was what appears to be an overdose or she's ingested something. We don't know as of yet." Sheriff Williams added how Brianna had not spoken to the detectives ever since Taylor was reported missing. She is also no longer cooperating with the investigation.
The mother is a Petty Officer with the US Navy and works at NAS in Jacksonville. Brianna had claimed that she had put Taylor to bed and woke up the next morning to find that her daughter was not in her bedroom. The backdoor to their home had been left wide open. On November 12, search teams found human remains between the cities of Linden and Demopolis though officials have not yet identified the body.